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Jan 13, 2013 2:00am EST
in afghanistan and so on have proven to be much more difficult and taxing than we thought. if we are going to do this, we are kidding ourselves to think that even high defense budgets we have had since the end of the cold war are enough. i would say they are too much in that the need for that degree of military activism ended with the cold war. this is the basic political ideologue to call issue that -- ideological issue. we should keep pushing in the direction that things have been moving in the last few years. that is towards a more modest view of military missions and requirements. it would be hard to make huge savings in the defense budget, although i think the problem with sequestration could be a blessing in disguise if that is the only thing i can force the sort of discipline and choices the political system is unable to make. you can make the case that the degree of activism have had -- i think it's a mistake to inflate leadership with the responsibility of doing the job ourselves. we have less than 5% of the world's population. less than a quarter of the world world economic product but
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